Liner Notes for Raw Takes

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(c) 2006 Red Hawkins
All music and lyrics written by Red Hawkins
All guitars and vocals performed by Red Hawkins
Harmonica phrases on "Welcome Home She Sings To Me" digitally constructed from samples of a performance by Don Zeitler.

1. Wind Up In The Trees 2:50
Notes: There is a long steel highway out there, running coast to coast. It cuts across great mountain ranges. It snakes its way, climbing and descending along the sides of valleys and the banks of rivers. It stretches out across the prairies and deserts. The same wild and lonesome wind that blows through the whistle of that locomotive also blows through the lonesome piney woods of Appalachia. The same wild river that flows west out of the Rocky Mountains also flows through your own veins. Once you've traveled that road, heard that wind and felt the rush of that river, it becomes who you are. Eventually you have to sing about it.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

2. Ain't No More Cowboys 4:07
Notes: For some people, the whole world is a Baghdad green zone. Some people prefer to live in glass bubbles protected by security gates, energy fields, sensors and censors. Such people don't seem to understand that no fence can for long protect those who perpetrate the iniquity of inequity. Red wonders whether anyone has conducted the environmental impact analysis that one presumes would have been done before The People's Congress awarded a non-rescindable contract to Boeing Corporation to build 700 miles of fence? Did anyone stop to think that there are more four-legged migrant creatures (all our relations) crossing that man-made border every day than there are two-legged migrant humans (also our relations) doing the same? Red would prefer to see the big sky and dusty earth while standing on the shoulder of a blue highway rather than while scaling a fence. The truth is, we all eat the same dust, eventually. All Red asks is that we don't let any people push our faces down into it while they stand over us robbing us blind.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

3. Lightly Dancing Touch 5:34
Notes: As the sun sets, what warmth remains can be felt with touch. Though it may fade in time, it can be rekindled by way of memory.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

4. All The People 4:17
Notes: An old man's voice borrowed Red's muse, and came into plain view wearing Ralph Stanley's hat and voice. Red couldn't get the microphone to capture that voice without either 1) digital clipping or 2) hiding its edge through a softer vocal performance. Red has come to realize that this song as it is supposed to be sung should not be recorded, but should be used by an elder in ceremony.
Bohdran and vocals: Red Hawkins

5. Knocking On My Door 3:47
Notes: Red's muse tells him that she tried to give this song to Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty before she stopped in to visit him, but they had other projects going. Red suspects that they just didn't want to remember the pain. He can still see the front porch, the entry door, and the hallway leading to the bedroom. He can still hear those footsteps, and still knows what his eyes looked like in the mirror those mornings.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

6. Traveling Shoes 2:40
Notes: The Great Lakes are highly underrated by people who live on the East and West coasts. But if you've never seen America on foot, how would you know?
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

7. Opened My Eyes 5:50
Notes: It can be a great relief to find guidance that lightens our load. Turning away from a relationship that provides that is like walking past a diamond without giving it a second glance. Sure we can do without it, but we are all the poorer and more heavily burdened for doing so.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

8. Out On A Limb 3:58
Notes: After repeated experiences with broken promises, even our instinctive impulse to rescue other human beings from falling to their own fate can fail. When that happens, we too find ourselves falling. It is a hard ground that won't accept the rain.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

9. Cry Me To Sleep 4:54
Notes: Deep loneliness can present as a hardened heart. When that shell cracks it can reveal a tender place.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

10. Crystals Set In Gold 3:18
Notes: An allegory? Literal truth? It is all about knowing what one's priorities should be, and the sadness one feels upon realizing that others do not share those priorities.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

11. Welcome Home She Sings To Me 4:16
Notes: Red saw Dolly Parton on the country music TV station singing a tune called "Welcome Home". She was wrapped in Old Glory, and it seemed like she was really wanting to say something more, but could not do so out of courtesy to her audience. Not having such a lightness of touch nor a courteous persona, Red has attempted this effort to spell out more explicitly what he thinks Dolly was getting at.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Harmonica: phrases constructed from samples of Don Zeitler.

12. Can't Serve Two Masters 5:34
Notes: Who needs a master when they got money in their hands?
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

13. What I Wanted You To 4:16
Notes: There is a unique lovely softness - experienced as a kind of falling - when one is letting go, whether one is letting go of the boundaries that separate people or letting go of one's false self. Such a falling can be an expression of trust or confidence in one's own indestructible nature. Yet there is also a falling that can happen when we try to find intimacy or interpersonal closeness by being for someone else what we think they want us to be. If that falling becomes a compulsion, or if it is not a manifestation of what we are inside, or if it is not an authentic choice, it can be an unreliable place. It can then become a cause for sadness in anyone who is unable to see that process for what it is.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins

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